FedEx Express Breaks Ground For New Copenhagen Airport Facility
COPENHAGEN, October 1, 2014—FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, officially ‘broke ground’ at the site of its new gateway facility at Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, signalling the official start of construction. The building is another milestone for FedEx Express growth in the Nordics region, which has also seen the opening of eight new stations since 2011. The new facility will serve as a gateway for inbound and outbound shipments for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In addition, ramp, freight and sort facilities will be combined in a single location, allowing the efficient and smooth processing of shipments, supported by a state-of-the-art automated sort system.
“We are investing in this facility to give our customers even better connectivity from the Nordics to Europe and the rest of the world. Copenhagen is an ideal choice because of its strong freight transport infrastructure and the central location of its airport,” said Helena Jansson, vice president, Finance, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent, FedEx Express. “In the last three years, we have expanded our presence across Europe opening more than 100 new stations–of which eight are in the Nordics. Our new Copenhagen gateway is a key part of our growth strategy and, like elsewhere in Europe where we’ve invested, customers in this region will benefit from earlier deliveries and later pick-up times.”
The new facility will sort 11,500 packages per day, have a size of more than 8,000 square meters, process 18 weekly FedEx Express flights, 170 truck movements per week and a fleet of up to 36 pick-up and delivery vehicles. Approximately 120 FedEx Express team members will be based at the site.
The building will be located in the airport´s cargo area near the Øresund Strait and is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2015.
“We are grateful towards FedEx Express for choosing Copenhagen Airport for their new Nordic gateway and today mark a new positive chapter in our cooperation with FedEx Express. It also reinforces our position as a vital Northern European centre for air cargo reflected in the growth our cargo activities which have increased by about 16% over the past three years, even in a highly competitive market, where some airports have seen negative growth,” said Thomas Woldbye, chief executive officer, Copenhagen Airport.
The Nordics region—Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden—has experienced steady economic growth in recent times, leading to an average forecasted GDP growth of 2% in 2015. This upward trend is also reflected in FedEx Express shipping data. For example, shipments between July 2013 and June 2014 from these markets to the rest of Europe increased by more than 17% compared to the previous 12 months. North America in particular has also grown in economic significance for the Nordics, with the overall number of FedEx Express shipments from the Nordic region to North America increasing by about 7% between July 2013 and June 2014, compared to the same period the previous year.
The design of the new FedEx Express Nordic gateway has efficiency at its core, for example:
The ratio of window surface area compared to bricks has been optimized to let in natural daylight while minimising heating costs in winter.
Processes between aircraft and vehicles are optimised, so that the gateway teams can move shipments between planes, trucks and courier vans in a time efficient way.
Operations in the new facility will allow earlier deliveries for shipments to customers in Denmark and Southern Sweden as well as later pick-up times in those markets.
The number of shipments delivered before noon to customers in the greater Copenhagen area will increase significantly.
The developer and investor of the new facility is MG Real Estate (member of the Paepe Group), a leading Belgian company specialising in large-scale logistics projects, state-of-the-art office buildings, retail centres, and residential developments.
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
About Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is the largest airport in the Nordic countries and is one of the most important hubs in northern Europe. The airport served 24.1 million passengers in 2013, and more than 23.000 employees in over 700 businesses work at the airport. CPH has successfully created an international hub that millions of northern Europeans use to travel through Copenhagen to other world destinations each year. Approx. 60 airlines connect Copenhagen Airports to 156 destinations – 27 of these are intercontinental. Copenhagen Airport is also the largest cargo hub in the Nordics with more than 370.000 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport every year. For more information: http://www.cph.dk/en/about-cph/profile/Facts-about-CPH/ and http://www.cph.dk/en/about-cph/profile/Strategy/
William Parker-Jenkins, FedEx Express EMEA
Senior Communications Specialist
Tel.: + 32 (0) 2 515 89 16